Vitamin D Deficiency May Up Chronic Headache Risk In Elderly Men

Deficiency in the levels of Vitamin D may increase the risk of chronic headache in middle-aged and older men, according to a new study.

Indo-Asian News Service  |  Updated: January 05, 2017 15:24 IST

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Vitamin D Deficiency May Up Chronic Headache Risk In Elderly Men
Highlights
  • Deficiency in the levels of Vitamin D
  • May increase the risk of chronic headache
  • Especially in middle-aged and older men
Deficiency in the levels of Vitamin D may increase the risk of chronic headache in middle-aged and older men, according to a new study.

The findings showed that individuals with the lowest vitamin D levels had over a two-fold risk of chronic headache in comparison to the those with the highest levels.

Vitamin D deficiency has also been associated with chronic tension-type headache, perhaps by causing musculoskeletal pain.

Previous studies have found Vitamin D to play a role in various neurovascular diseases.

The study adds to the accumulating body of evidence linking a low intake of vitamin D to an increased risk of chronic diseases, said researchers from the University of Eastern Finland.

For the study, the team analysed the serum vitamin D levels and occurrence of headache in approximately 2,600 men aged between 42 and 60 years.

In 68 per cent of these men, the serum vitamin D level was below 50 nanomoles per litre (nmol/l), which is generally considered the threshold for vitamin D deficiency.

People with low exposure to UVB radiation -- a major source of vitamin D -- should make sure that they get sufficient vitamin D from food or from vitamin D supplements, the researchers suggested.The findings were published in Scientific Reports.

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